Apollo 10’s Long-Lost Lunar Lander Might Have Been Spotted Floating In Space

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Back in May 1969, Apollo 10 mission reached the Moon to pave the way for the Apollo 11 mission which marked the first crewed mission on the surface of the Moon. Apollo 10 carried a lunar lander named Snoopy. Snoopy was deployed towards the lunar surface and reached about 15 kilometers above the surface of the Moon before returning to the command module.

However, to reduce the overall weight of the Moon and help it come back home, Snoopy was ejected into space. Now, this Apollo 10’s long-lost lunar lander might have been spotted floating in space, and the scientists asked Elon Musk to find a solution to bring Snoopy back home.

Finding Snoopy is pure luck given that interplanetary space is so vast, while that long-lost lunar lander measures only 6.7 meters tall and 9.4 meters across. Now, however, Nick Howes from the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society stated that he is 98% confident that he spotted Snoopy.

Apollo 10’s Long-Lost Lunar Lander Might Have Been Spotted Floating In Space

“Until someone gets really close to it and gets a detailed radar profile, we can not be sure. I would love to get Elon Musk and his wonderful spacecraft up and grab it and bring it down,” stated Nick Howes during a science festival, according to SkyNews.

Usually, lunar landers were either left on the Moon or crashed to the lunar surface. However, Snoopy, Apollo 10’s long-lost lunar lander would be the first one that’s floating in space. “It’s the only one that’s up there that has flown that is left. The Apollo program was the greatest technical achievement in human history,” Howes added.

Now, Nick Howes hopes that scientists and private space companies’ leaders, including Elon Musk, would come up with solutions to return that long-lost lunar lander home. Someone even suggested Howes start a fundraising campaign. To that, Howes replied on Twitter saying: “Frankly if someone said ‘here’s $50 million to develop the mission to prove it’s Snoopy’ I’d genuinely reply ‘here are the details for a very worthy charity.'”


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